The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Brigitte Wex

Dr. Brigitte Wex is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Natural Sciences Department on the Byblos campus. She joined LAU in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg and her Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where she focused her studies on the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii. During her Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences, Dr. Wex worked on the development, synthesis, spectroscopic and electronic characterization of new materials for optoelectronic device applications. For post-doctoral studies in device engineering, Dr. Wex went to the Flexible Display Center and School of Materials at Arizona State University, where she employed new materials in the preparation and development of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

Her research work focuses on computational chemistry as a tool to model structural, photophysical and electronic properties of polycyclic aromatic compounds for materials applications, transition metal complexes for biological, photodynamic therapy and optoelectronic applications.

Dr. Wex has published 15 papers in peer-reviewed internationally renowned journals and presented posters and talks at numerous international conferences. She is an active member of the Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a member of the American Chemical Society, and the German Chemical Society.

Selected publications

  1. El-Assaad, T. H.; Auer, M.; Castañeda, R.; Hallal, K. M.; Jradi, F. M.; Mosca, L.; Khnayzer, R. S.; Patra, D.; Timofeeva, T. V.; Brédas, J-L.; List-Kratochvil, E. J. W.; Wex, B.; Kaafarani, B. R. “Tetraaryl Pyrenes: Photophysical Properties, Computational Studies, Crystal Structures, and Application in OLEDs”, J. Mater. Chem. C 2016, 4, 3041 - 3058. [Correction: J. Mater. Chem. C 2016, 4, 3059].
  2. Wex, B.; Jradi, F. M.; Patra, D.; Kaafarani, B. R. “End-capping of conjugated Thiophene-benzene Aromatic Systems”, Tetrahedron201066, 8778-8784.
  3. Leng, S.; Wex, B.; Chan, L. H.; Graham, M. J.; Jin, S.; Jing, A. J.; Jeong, K.-U.; Van Horn, R. M.; Sun, B.; Zhu, M.; Kaafarani, B. R.; Cheng, S. Z. D. “Phase Transitions and Structures of Novel Pyrenes Potentially Useful in Photovoltaic Applications” J. Phys. Chem. B2009113, 5403-5411.
  4. Wex, B.; Jradi, F. M.; Patra, D.; Kaafarani, B. R. “End-capping of conjugated Thiophene-benzene Aromatic Systems”, Tetrahedron201066, 8778-8784.
  5. Leng, S.; Wex, B.; Chan, L. H.; Graham, M. J.; Jin, S.; Jing, A. J.; Jeong, K.-U.; Van Horn, R. M.; Sun, B.; Zhu, M.; Kaafarani, B. R.; Cheng, S. Z. D. “Phase Transitions and Structures of Novel Pyrenes Potentially Useful in Photovoltaic Applications” J. Phys. Chem. B2009113, 5403-5411.

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